Say what you will about Andrew Sullivan, but his endorsement of Ron Paul says everything that I've thought since I found out Dr. Paul was running (emphasis mine):
But the deeper reason to support Ron Paul is a simple one. The great forgotten principles of the current Republican party are freedom and toleration. Paul's federalism, his deep suspicion of Washington power, his resistance to government spending, debt and inflation, his ability to grasp that not all human problems are soluble, least of all by government: these are principles that made me a conservative in the first place. No one in the current field articulates them as clearly and understands them as deeply as Paul. He is a man of faith who nonetheless sees a clear line between religion and politics.More than all this, he has somehow ignited a new movement of those who love freedom and want to rescue it from the do-gooding bromides of the left to the Christianist meddling of the right. The Paulites' enthusiasm for liberty, their unapologetic defense of core conservative principles, their awareness that in the new millennium, these principles of small government, self-reliance, cultural pluralism, and a humble foreign policy are more necessary than ever - no lover of liberty can stand by and not join them.I've come to understand over the past 8 years that the nanny state comes in different forms. Whether it's from the left or the right. Government's only interest is to preserve and protect itself. Dr. Paul has tapped into something that I thought I would never see. A candidate I could vote for not because he's the lesser of two evils. But the candidate who represents the direction that this country should head in with no compromises. I'll never forget the first time I saw him in a youtube video talking about his positions on government, taxes, the Constitution. I was literally jumping up and down saying to myself "This guy gets it". The great thing about the internet? I know I'm not the only one doing it.
Thank you Dr. Paul for curing my apathy.